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I was told that I eat dogs and that chinese people use rat meat at their restaurants.
Anonymous, late 20’s
California
Anonymous, late 20’s
California

I am a female Asian American civilian employee who works for a sheriff’s department in California. My experience at work has been marked by discrimination, bullying, racism, retaliation, workplace violence, and an overall lack of acknowledgement and protection from my supervisors.

I don’t feel like I have upward mobility within any organization because I don’t have the right “face” for funders
Cindy Cindy, 38
Oregon
Cindy Cindy, 38
Oregon

I have been in the ”progressive,” “anti-racist” environmental nonprofit field for over a decade. I have an environmental law degree and have even taken on increasingly more challenging roles and responsibilities with each job change. I expected a lot more from progressives – as they certainly like to talk the talk when it comes to BLM, environmental justice, equity, and “anti-racism.” However, for anyone reading the news about the attempts at all the national green groups attempting to retaliate against workers for unionization, we know that is not the case.  

I was racially harassed about my Chinese features and denied a justified salary increase.
Dan Dan, 65
New Jersey
Dan Dan, 65
New Jersey

As an Asian American plaintiff alleging racial discrimination against an insurance company, I learned the hard way how biased the federal legal system can be against employment discrimination victims. After enduring harassment and retaliation, I took my case to the EEOC thinking they would help. But my battle for justice had only begun.

A coworker looked at me and said, “Well that’s great. Can you tell me what breed of dog we’re eating?”
Daniel Murzyn Daniel Murzyn, 42
Iowa
Daniel Murzyn Daniel Murzyn, 42
Iowa

My name is Daniel Murzyn. I’m a 42 year old engineer who has worked for a large American manufacturing company for over 15 years. 

The next month I was given a Performance Improvement Plan.
Jamie Jamie, 57
Jamie Jamie, 57

“How amazing you are to manage an entire school’s technology support on a regular day, let alone when the entire school goes online. I appreciate your deep calm and positive attitude to help all the students thrive. We are so thankful for all the work you are doing to make this experience not just possible, but positive, for all of the students” note from School Administrator/Parent

I struggled to make sense of the word…CHINK.
K Anonymous, 27
California
K Anonymous, 27
California

When I was in middle school, I had a crush on a boy in my grade. He sat near me during lunchtime, fooling around with his friends and fiddling with a DYMO label maker that made white embossed black labels.

We must hold people who undermine opportunities for people of color accountable for their behavior.
Keri Kubokawa Vogtmann Keri Kubokawa Vogtmann, 54
California
Keri Kubokawa Vogtmann Keri Kubokawa Vogtmann, 54
California

After nine years in the healthcare IT consulting business, with two of those years at Liberty IT Solutions, my manager approached me with a promotional opportunity to become a portfolio director.  I had turned down a similar offer before.  This time my manager applied more pressure, expressing encouragement from not only himself, but his manager who would become the Chief Operation Officer (COO) and colleagues who would become my peers. I asked, “Why me?” He responded with “Because you’re a minority and you’re a female.”  

my request for an environment free of discrimination and harassment was denied.
Linda (Swee Lian) Wee Linda (Swee Lian) Wee, 50s
Texas
Linda (Swee Lian) Wee Linda (Swee Lian) Wee, 50s
Texas

I wish it weren’t the case, but due to ongoing litigation, I am limited on what I can currently discuss. All I can say is that I am representing many like myself who have experienced vicious and targeted attacks simply due to our race and ethnicity. 

he typecast me into two roles: the quiet, passive, calculating, secretive Asian or the fire-breathing Japanese dragon.
Matt Ogawa Matt Ogawa
Hawaii
Matt Ogawa Matt Ogawa
Hawaii

I sat at my desk, staring at my computer screen in disbelief, unable to utter a single word, as my boss had just spewed some of the most racist, inappropriate and unprofessional comments I have ever heard. It had been over two years since I started working at this predominantly white institution, and I had never felt more unseen and unheard. The traditional leaders held all the power, and anyone who fell on the margins, particularly people of color, didn’t stand a chance.

With the manager away, a coworker harshly told me to “go back to my country.”
Melelani T. Melelani T., 64
South Carolina
Melelani T. Melelani T., 64
South Carolina

I grew up in the welcoming diversity of Hawaii but made the fateful decision 34 years ago to move to South Carolina when my husband was stationed here. After our divorce, I chose to remain, even turning down an offer from my Hawaiian boss to return home. It was the worst choice I ever made.

I’m looking for a few more white hairs in my enterprise sales leader.
Peter Ahn Peter Ahn, 37
California
Peter Ahn Peter Ahn, 37
California

“I’m looking for a few more white hairs in my enterprise sales leader.”

Because of my complexion as a mixed Asian woman, she called me hurtful nicknames like Pocahontas, Sacagawea, and Jasmine
Ren Ren, 24
New York
Ren Ren, 24
New York

I was one of the few tan-skinned Asian American women at my workplace, which had a diverse staff of mostly minorities. From day one, I faced endless microaggressions and outright racism from my manager.

When I’ve gathered the courage to speak up, I’m penalized instead of seeing meaningful change.
Ruby Ruby, 40s
California
Ruby Ruby, 40s
California

Being an Asian American woman in the workplace often feels like an endless barrage of contempt, condescension, and harassment veiled in microaggressions. As someone seen as Chinese (parents are from Taiwan), shy, and awkward, I face constant nitpicking and doubting of my abilities, despite being born in the US. This discriminatory treatment causes severe anxiety and distress, deteriorating my mental health and quality of life.

If we don’t advocate for ourselves, we are exploited; and if we do advocate for ourselves, we are retaliated against.
Shelly Shelly, 45
Massachusetts
Shelly Shelly, 45
Massachusetts

I worked for a biotech startup in Boston for a few years. From the start, my manager (a White woman) would routinely take credit for my work, speak over me in meetings, and not acknowledge my contributions in meetings (but if someone else repeated the idea I brought up earlier, she would acknowledge them by name, and not me). This was especially an issue because she would insist on attending all meetings with me. Moreover, as I successfully completed projects and gained more recognition from the larger organization, the more my manager tried to suppress my voice and undermine my work. About a year later we hired another colleague to the team who happened to be a White woman. She was treated very differently from the start: our manager did not insist on attending meetings with her, she was given much more independence, and credit for even small contributions of work.

I share my story to help warn the next generation of Asian Americans to be prepared.
Tony Tony, 30s
Illinois
Tony Tony, 30s
Illinois

As an Asian American who’s endured lifelong racism, I didn’t fully wake up to the discrimination until the 2020 pandemic triggered a surge in anti-Asian hate. The former president’s incendiary rhetoric about China opened my eyes to pervasive biases I’d taken for granted. Now I’m speaking out so the next generation can recognize the signs and stand up to injustice.

I filed an EEOC charge of discrimination based on my race and disabilities.
Tyler W. Anonymous, 30s
California
Tyler W. Anonymous, 30s
California

As a former product manager at Big Four, I filed an EEOC charge of discrimination based on my race and disabilities. I allege that Big Four failed to provide reasonable accommodations for my disabilities, subjected me to a hostile work environment, retaliated against me by placing me on a Performance Improvement Plan, kept me on this plan until my termination, and wrongfully terminated my employment. I claim that Big Four retaliated against me by placing me on a Performance Improvement Plan until my termination. I also allege that I acted as an internal whistleblower, filing complaints regarding racist or ableist language used by supervisors and coworkers and regarding the sexual assault of a coworker. 

To me, this behavior reeked of a modern-day neocolonialism.
Vaishnavi J Vaishnavi J, 35
California
Vaishnavi J Vaishnavi J, 35
California

A few months ago, I was the only person “laid off” from my team, and I think it happened because my manager wanted to punish me for filing an internal complaint about them.

When you remain silent, you allow others to tell your story.

– Helen Zia

 

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Due to ongoing litigation, I am limited on what I can discuss currently. It seems surreal that I am writing this and representing many like myself who have experienced vicious and targeted attacks simply due to my race and ethnicity, and not because of our abilities. In my case, my application for a promotion of a newly formed position with responsibilities...

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New York, NY

Due to ongoing litigation, I am limited on what I can discuss currently. It seems surreal that I am writing this and representing many like myself who have experienced vicious and targeted attacks simply due to my race and ethnicity, and not because of our abilities. In my case, my application for a promotion of a newly formed position with responsibilities...

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